Morten Lauridsen - Sa nuit d'été, from Nocturnes





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Uploaded on Dec 26, 2011

Volti, Robert Geary, director
Morten Lauridsen, pianist

SF-based professional chamber choir, Volti, performs the first movement of Morten Lauridsen's Nocturnes, "Sa nuit d'été," with the composer at the piano. Volti is honored to have had a long relationship with Lauridsen, who recently coached over one hundred high school students in a performance of the Nocturnes at Volti's Choral Institute for High School Singers. Volti also plays a prominent role in Michael Stillwater's forthcoming documentary on the composer, "Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen" (for a preview, see below).


Si je pourrais avec mes mains brûlantes
fondre ton corps autour ton coeur d'amante,
ah que la nuit deviendrait transparente
le prenant pour un astre attardé
qui toujours dès le premier temps des mondes
était perdu et qui commence sa ronde
en tâtonnant de sa lumière blonde
sa première nuit, sa nuit, sa nuit d'été.

If, with my burning hands, I could melt
the body surrounding your lover's heart,
ah! how the night would become translucent,
taking it for a late star,
which, from the first moments of the world,
was forever lost, and which begins its course
with its blonde light, trying to reach out towards
its first night, its night, its summer night. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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